Thank you for the reply.
I can definitely see that what I have tried is wrong, and I have found numerous other ways to do the wrong thing.
Still haven't found a way to accomplish my goal here yet though.
Everything I see on copying, cloning, shortcut key strokes, etc. all lead to creating new instances of an object type.
What I am trying to do is copy the object type to create a new object type. I have explored numerous methods of copying/cloning and researched the manual extensively. Can't believe I haven't found the answer yet, starting to question my research skills.
As you can see in the image below, the only immediately available option on the object is clone. Copy isn't even listed in the dropdown. There is a copy and paste option on the top left of the editor but this just copies the instances.